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November 21, 2005

Human Brain Project - India

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The President of India, A P J Abdul Kalam, today called for a comprehensive human brain project with global participation to tackle brain disorders.

Delivering 10th convocation address of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in India, he said the project should aim at preparing a comprehensive structural and functional map of human brain and facilitate convergence of all activities pertaining to brain research.

hbp.jpg"This indeed is a challenging task which requires active participation and effective contribution of research institutions like NIMHANS, government agencies, academia and entire medical fraternity," he said.

Kalam said according to an estimate of World Health Organisation, brain disorders would be the greatest health threat in the next few decades to come. The project should tackle diseases like depression, sleep disorders, epilepsy and schizophrenia, he said.

I couldn't agree more with India's President. Fortunately for him, India, and the rest of us, the Human Brain Project, headed by the NIMH in the US, is already in it's 11th year and welcomes international participation.

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1. Raj Chanani on November 23, 2005 4:55 PM writes...

Excellent article. What will they do next? There is nothing like modern medicine.

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2. Rohan Mathur on November 29, 2005 10:40 PM writes...

Very impressive and ambitious. However, perhaps it would be advisable for the US branch and the Indian branch to merge so as to allow more comprehensive research.

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3. Rohan Raj Mathur on November 29, 2005 10:41 PM writes...

Yes very impressive and ambitious. But perhaps it would be advisale for the Indian and US versions to merge so as to allow more comprehensive and specialised research.

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4. Troy Worman on December 9, 2005 5:12 PM writes...

Wow!

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5. m.c.arunan on December 30, 2005 10:24 AM writes...

The Indian President's valuable comments on brain research is a long due recognition of an area which is largely neglected in the sprawling university system of the country.In fact, except for two centres in two unversities ( Mumbai University and Jiwaji University) there are no post graduate degree programmes in the area of neurosciences in the more than 370 universities of the country.

However, in a country like India, which has more than 30 per cent people go to bed hungry each night and children die of malnutrition and infectious diseases (largely due to lack of primary health facilities), the President's comment that brain disorders would be the greatest threat in the coming decades sounds like an over-estimate.The same, however, may be true for developed countries.

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6. Human Being on June 19, 2006 3:52 PM writes...

Hello,

I like your website. Very informative and well maintained. How much do we really know about the depths of the mind at the present timeframe? Are old technologies being repackaged as new finds?

The Egyptian pyraminds and Maslov for instance?
The concept of Kundalini awakining and the concept of brain fart as explained by Jung?

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7. Raj Chanani on July 27, 2006 2:02 PM writes...

Can the mind be rewired for success? Have you ever wondered why some people are really calm and focused? Is it possible they have more or less eliminated the "Inner Chatter" and charged emotion within their system?

Want to learn more about Inner Chatter?

The Thinking Allowed series is available at the local bookstore, library and online retalier and will get you going.

http://www.thinking-allowed.com/

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8. Raj on October 12, 2006 5:05 PM writes...

I have found that once you sort and organize the information that you already have, all that remains is the essence of a series of events.

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9. Micheal Johansen on November 23, 2006 2:13 AM writes...

Colombia's vice president is "baffled" by Kate Moss's success following cocaine allegations...

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10. Pat on January 25, 2007 5:30 PM writes...

It is like paying the 500,000 dollars for a stich job and the same for brain surgery.

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11. Bud on March 1, 2007 12:56 PM writes...

Rohan,

Alliances are created to achieve shared goals and then new alliances are created.

I think that America, India, China, Middle East, Africa are acquaintances, not friends or enemies.

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12. Sayings on March 1, 2007 1:00 PM writes...

One is not the other.

We are the same yet different.

Nature provides a balance between various races and species.

The market will find you something in your range.

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13. Math on March 1, 2007 1:03 PM writes...

Most of what you see and read on the news is the 5% case 5% of the time. At times it is the 1% case 1% of the time.

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14. Dr. Kapil Telang on June 22, 2007 7:28 AM writes...

I want to know how to participate in this project,
or can anybody help me how to take part in brain research.I have done MBBS from india and want to pursue Brain research.Any Help?then mail me or send a comment here...........................

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15. Dr. Kapil Telang on June 22, 2007 7:29 AM writes...

I want to know how to participate in this project,
or can anybody help me how to take part in brain research.I have done MBBS from india and want to pursue Brain research.Any Help?then mail me or send a comment here...........................

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16. Dr. Kapil Telang on June 22, 2007 7:31 AM writes...

I want to know how to participate in this project,
or can anybody help me how to take part in brain research.I have done MBBS from india and want to pursue Brain research.Any Help?then mail me or send a comment here...........................

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17. Arun on June 30, 2007 11:16 PM writes...

Do you like swimming? yes

Do you want to be rich? yes

Do you want to succeed? yes

Do you want be young and healthy? yes really


Good now work hard and you will get there.

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18. Rohan Raj Mathur on September 21, 2007 2:55 PM writes...

Hi Bud,

I'm taking about a joint scientific venture between the Indian research institutes and US ones. Not a political changing alliance. I apologise for not being eloquent the first time.

Rohan

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